While it has yet to be made official, Chelsea star Pedro is expected to be an AS Roma player next campaign.
The attacker has agreed to extend his stay at the club until the end of the 2019-20 term, but once that is over, he’ll head off for a new adventure.
Pedro announced that a while back, and in spite of speculation he could head to exotic destinations, the Spaniard appears to have decided to remain in a competitive European league.
In fact, Gazzetta dello Sport report that those well informed have heard that Chelsea man is already asking for advice to find a house in the Eternal City.
He is described as virtually the first signing of I Giallorossi’s summer transfer market, and he’ll be announced later so as to not distract the rosters since both Chelsea and the Serie A outfit still have a lot to play for.
Pedro will put pen to paper to a two-year contract with an option for a third worth around €3.5m a year, allowing him to remain well paid while still playing at a high level in a division where he can fight for UCL football.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are allegedly set to offload Tiemoue Bakayoko as part of their efforts to seal a deal for Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz.
The midfielder still has two years left to run on his existing Chelsea deal, but Frank Lampard’s side are supposedly keen to sell the out-of-favour midfielder as soon as possible.
The Express claims that Chelsea have set a relatively modest asking price of £18 million for the 25-year-old as they look to make Kai their newest recruit ahead of the 2020-21 term.
When Olivier Giroud penned a one-year contract extension with Chelsea in May, it seemed like an end to the rumours which linked the World Cup winner with a Serie A move.
But now with Chelsea signing Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, the striker may not find a place in the team, and that is another chance for Italian clubs to go after the player.
An Italian newspaper Tuttosport has a story about Inter Milan’s interest in Olivier. They say he is Antonio Conte’s first choice for the position.
It’s stated that what is happening at Stamford Bridge could only bring the France international close to Inter Milan.
Tuttosport don’t seem to know how much Olivier would cost, but it sounds like he would be cheaper than the other option, Edin Dzeko, whose contract with AS Roma only expires in the summer of 2022.
Giroud only made 15 appearances for the Blues this season, scoring five goals. With Tammy Abraham coming back from injury, the centre-forward had the chance to start in the Blues’ last five PL games.
In the meantime, Ross Barkley thinks Frank Lampard’s ruthless desire to win trophies can give the club the edge in the FA Cup.
The Englishman said: “It’s the mentality of the club and the gaffer since he’s been back. He wants to win every game and it’s a trophy.
“Chelsea are a massive club, we win trophies every year and everyone’s motivated with every FA Cup game.
“Even before the lockdown we had big results against big sides and since we’ve been back we beat Man City in the week and at Leicester, against an excellent side, we won the game. It’s given us confidence and hopefully we continue with it.”
Former Chelsea star Craig Burley has stressed Blues playmaker Ross Barkley has to keep contributing with assists and goals from midfield to keep his place at the club.
Barkley scored his side’s only goal against Leicester City in Chelsea’s FA Cup quarter-final tie, taking the west Londoners to the semi-final where they will face Manchester United.
The former Everton ace racked up two assists against his former club in Chelsea’s last game before the break, which the club won 4-0 at home against the Toffees.
Ex-Chelsea midfielder Burley feels Blues boss Frank Lampard admires Barkley and is aware that the Englishman can change a game by himself.
Burley insisted Frank will be expecting consistency from Ross and went on to add the attacking midfielder will have to keep providing his side with direct involvement with goals if he wants to remain with Chelsea in the future.
“I think Lampard admires him [Barkley]. I think he knows he can change a game”, Craig said on ESPN FC.
“I think the consistency is something he will be looking for. But he knows he has got goals in him from the middle of the park.
“And I don’t think he will be looking to throw the baby out with the bath water just yet whilst he can come on and change games like he did [against Leicester] and score goals like he did [against Leicester]. I think he has got a future there for the time being.”
Ross has made 23 appearances for the Blues across all competitions this season, registering four goals and four assists, but has been mentioned with a potential summer exit from the club.